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And now for something completely different…


This is about as far removed from the floral sweetness of my last book as it’s possible to be. I think it would be an interesting exercise to see which of my books is the most popular. Now I have put some of the books on Flickr (click here or click the link in my sidebar to see them.) it would be a relatively simple thing to do and you don’t have to trawl through my blog to see them all (although if you want to see the insides, at the moment you do!) In the meantime, if you feel up to it, let me know which one(s) you like best.

It’s funny that I have noticed that occasionally, I buy a paper and fall in love with it. I put off using it until I have found it’s perfect soulmate for the inside, and searched high and low for the perfect shade of ribbon for the bow or for right colour thread for the stitching. And then I am disappointed with the resulting book. It’s almost the opposite of synergy. They were perfectly nice on their own, thank you very much and didn’t need to be thrust together into a book. But there are also occasions where uninspiring paper becomes a favourite book, it’s like the ugly duckling becoming a swan!

I have been tinkering with this blog trying to make it more swanlike and have added a couple of other pages (and then had to alter the page titles so that they all fit onto the header!) My links column was getting very long, so I have put the bookbinding links on their own page. I have also added a contact page and re-written my ‘Me’ page as this blog has evolved somewhat since I first started writing it. Better?

13 responses to “And now for something completely different…

  1. Creechman October 20, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Oh my God, this one is either an SAT test, or IQ test, or what Angelina Jolie scribbled on her pad during her last psych interview.

    Or is it a maze? Optical illusion?

    Brit chick falls in love with paper on a breeze.

  2. Diane October 20, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Ha ha, very funny! Especially the Angelina Jolie bit

    As for falling in love with paper, guilty as charged (I think….)

  3. strugglingwriter October 20, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    I like it. The first thing that pops into my mind is: chaotic. Very cool.

  4. Diane October 20, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Chaotic – that’s a great word for it! It does look a bit like it’s having a nervous breakdown!

  5. wppeteej October 20, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    This book reminds me of my life. Crazy lines and edges – barely held in check – on the outside, curves and order on the inside. What an insane combination. Try living it!

    BTW, do you do sales at all or is this just a hobby?

  6. Diane October 20, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Almost the opposite to a swan then, seemingly serene and peaceful but pedaling away furiously below the surface!

    I am planning on selling them soon, at the moment it’s just a hobby – leading to a giant pile of books!

  7. wppeteej October 20, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Well, they are wonderful crafts that are worthy of selling. I hear Etsy is a good site. Please let me know when you get something going! :)

  8. RennyBA October 20, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    As I commented at Flickr: this is so far my favorite scratch book of yours – I just love the patterns as it looks inspiring.

    Btw: Thanks for your nice comments on my Love Story post – glad we can inspire you too Diane :-)

  9. Diane October 20, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    I was scrabbling around Flickr trying to find a way to say thank you for adding me as a contact and not having much success as I don’t use Flickr much – and here you are ! Thank you! I was enjoying looking at your photographs and shall return and look some more – I shall also upload more of mine, now I am getting into it all!

  10. laketrees October 22, 2007 at 12:18 am

    very elegant Diane…..I love the classic look of it….
    and the art deco-rish inside cover….
    this would be on my list of top favourites….. :)
    the flickr photos are a great idea…I think I ‘m a member there…will have to go and check it out…….
    have a great day…..

  11. Diane October 22, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Interesting you think it is elegant – everyone else says it’s chaotic or a nervous breakdown of a book! I think the white bows make it elegant if they had been black then it would have been a dark book indeed!

    I just noticed how I seem to give my books personalities. Oh dear, is this the first sign of madness? I will be talking to them next….

  12. BookGirl October 23, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Diane, this is stunning! The strength of the graphic really appeals to me. I must admit, ‘though, that my tastes can be quite schizophrenic. I enjoy very minimalist graphic styles and then turn around and fall in love with something soft and flowery.

    I have a similar relationship to paper that you do. There are sheets that I’ve had for years, looking for just the right fit. I’m trying to move away from that, since there are always more beautiful papers to discover.

    By the way, I like the changes you’ve made to your site. Good work!


  13. Diane October 23, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you! We sound very similar!

    I came back from LA staggering under the weight of paper I bought in Paper Source yet tomorrow, I am off up to London to check out some new paper shops I have been told about and to visit my old favourite, Falkiners, for some leather offcuts and other bits and pieces – and probably more paper!

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